How Greta Gerwig’s Barbie Was Inspired By The Bachelorette’s Biggest Stereotypes – SlashFilm


For those unlucky enough to be unfamiliar with “The Bachelorette,” it’s a dating show wherein a single eligible bachelorette is presented with 25 hunky dudes and forced to live in a mansion with them for several weeks. Through conversations, kissing, and various other romantic tests, the Bachelorette winnows down the men to a single romantic partner. The season finale of “The Bachelorette” features the wedding between the star and her selected partner. Of the 19 seasons of “The Bachelorette,” four of the couples are still together. 

It seems that Ryan Gosling is a big fan of reality TV, and saw many parallels between “Barbie” and “The Bachelorette.” The Kens, he felt, weren’t much beyond their clothing, especially his Ken who, late in the film, becomes defined by an ugly mink coat he adopted. Gosling said: 

“Some of (‘Barbie’) came from ‘The Bachelorette.’ (…) One guy’s the guy that wears glasses. One guy has the one earring. If you were to challenge and do the same thing as that person, you’d be infringing on their identity, and so Ken’s identity became the mink.”

He noted that the mink coat was inspired by old photos of Sylvester Stallone, who, it seems, was very fond of furs back in the 1980s. The makers of “Barbie” felt that Ken should be similarly dressed. “As long as Ken was wearing it,” Gosling said, “he was the Ken with the mink — and that separated him from the other Kens.”

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